Jamie Charlton: a versatile and engaged contributor

Marcia Knous

Jamie Charlton has been involved with Mozilla since 2014 and contributes to various parts of the Mozilla project, including Firefox OS. He is from Wassaic, New York.

Hi Jamie! How did you discover the Web?

For the most part I grew up with the web, but mainly got into the web when I was 13-14 and I wanted to learn how to work with and code for the web.

How did you hear about Mozilla?

For the most part I always use Firefox due to the security settings and found out about Mozilla from Firefox.

How and why did you start contributing to Mozilla?

The irony of dumb luck – I started contributing to Mozilla on December 22, 2014. I had installed the Firefox Aurora because it was supposed to support more of the html5 gaming features that were up and coming and I wanted to see how well they worked, then I accidentally stumbled upon webIDE and was really intrigued by Firefox OS and filed my first bug that day.

Jamie (center) at the Work Week in Orlando, FL in December 2015.

Jamie (center) at the Work Week in Orlando, FL in December 2015.

Have you contributed to any other Mozilla projects in any other way?

Yes, several. I am a Mozilla rep, and I also help out in IRC running the nightly channel helping people with questions regarding anything to do with a nightly version of anything from Thunderbird, Firefox OS nightly, to Firefox nightly – anything anyone asks about.

What’s the contribution you’re the most proud of?

Odd question… none actually, to me this is just a lot of fun.

What advice would you give to someone who is new and interested in contributing to Mozilla?

Dive right in, don’t be afraid to mess up, if you mess up someone will help you fix it. First hand experience is the best way to learn and get involved.

If you had one word or sentence to describe Mozilla, what would it be?


What exciting things do you envision for you and Mozilla in the future?

Well hopefully some more fun and a lot more projects based around Firefox OS.

Is there anything else you’d like to say or add to the above questions?

Have fun, and don’t take anything seriously – it’s more fun that way.

The Mozilla QA and Firefox OS teams would like to thank Jamie for his contributions.

Jamie has been extremely helpful in updating documentation and in filing Firefox OS bugs. – Marcia Knous

Dedicated and highly enthusiastic, Jamie_ has had a profound impact in QA. He has been learning and growing from the time he has started joining us, and continues to help Mozilla better the web. He also helps Mozilla grow and tries to help recruit QA locally.

Jamie_, we salute you and thank you for your contributions. We hope that there will be many more to come. – Naoki Hirata